Now its Google. Are You Next?

“Theft is not innovation,” said U.S. Attorney David Anderson when reding out the charge against former Google engineer Anthony Levandowski.

When your key contributor becomes a malicious insider

It is indeed unfortunate when a highly valued team member becomes a malicious entity – especially so when there is a fall in brand value and loss of a company’s most valued asset, its Intellectual Property.

Google was in the news recently, not for another innovative benchmark, but for loss of IP that could have powered a revolution in the automotive industry.  On 28 August, one of Google’s key engineers, Anthony Levandowski, was arrested on charges of stealing classified information from Google’s self-driving car project before he went to work at Uber.

The data that Mr. Levandowski downloaded included thousands of files that included “critical engineering information” about hardware and instructions for calibrating and tuning Google’s custom Light Detecting And Ranging (LiDAR) device.


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History repeats itself

It is common knowledge that other mega brands, such as Apple, too faced such unsavory experience. Its factory workers had pilfered and released yet-to-market iPhone designs into the Dark Web. What Apple did as consequence to this act was to down-size the number of ‘security staff’ instead of focusing on addressing the leakage of CAD drawings and schematics!

Tesla, another brand known for engineering innovation, too was in the news in the not-too-distant-past for having lost invaluable design IP due to a malicious insider. The person had purportedly created fake usernames to modify proprietary Manufacturing Operating System’s (MOS) source code and thus created an opportunity to export Gigabyte sized files, which included highly sensitive photographs and videos, and shared them with unknown third parties.


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History repeats itself because people don’t learn their lesson

One of the key reasons why such news about data leaks is often in the global media is because those responsible for company data – whatever it may be – fail to look beyond the firewall. In other words, the common misconception is that authorization and user controls suffice in meeting the need data security fails in its proof.

IT security paradigms do not meet the needs of robust data security. The above-mentioned companies are verifiable proof. It is not enough to protect the boundaries, authorities must also protect the gaps and data itself. 

How not to fall victim to insider threat

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[2] Three Simple Tips to Keep Your CAD Files Safe and Secure

[3] Five Types of Insiders who may steal your Company’s Data